Rev. Al Sharpton, other leaders to meet with mayor to discuss plans to support Baltimore

Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights and faith-based leaders to meet with the mayor to discuss plans to 'su

Civil rights and faith-based leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton, will meet with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Thursday to discuss ongoing plans to support the city, organizers said.

Among the issues discuss will be "how to improve community-police relations," a statement from organizers said.

Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday expressed concern over "misinformation" about Friday, when the police department is expected to complete its investigation into Freddie Gray's death. The 25-year-old died after suffering injuries while in police custody earlier this month, but little has been said about the circumstances that led to his arrest and subsequent death.

It is unclear what, if any additional information will be released Friday. The city state's attorney's office is expected to review the case and decide whether to charge the officers who were involved with Gray's arrest.

Sharpton, who is president of the National Action Network, has called for an end to the violence that erupted following Gray's funeral, when more than 200 people were arrested, 15 officers injured, and 150 fires broke out across the city Monday night.

"We will work with the mayor and others to make sure the young people understand we are fighting violence, not adding to it," Sharpton said at news conference Tuesday. Still he said, "Do not condemn people for their anger, do not for condemn their frustration, because you failed to do what is right."

Others expected at Thursday's meeting are Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League; NAACP President Cornell William Brooks; Melanie Campbell, president & CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation & Convener, Black Women's Roundtable.

The meeting Thursday is scheduled at the New Shiloh Baptist Church at 2100 N Monroe St.

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